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Tracy Frank, Published August 21 2010

Talk-show host Briggs leaving WDAY

Local radio personality Tracy Briggs is leaving her morning talk-show job at WDAY and joining Forum Communications Interactive Media Group.

Briggs has been named digital content development director for Fargo-based Forum Communications, which owns WDAY.

She begins her new job Sept. 7.

“I’m so excited I’m having a hard time sleeping because I keep thinking about all the new possibilities,” Briggs said.

She will reach out to the public, seeking community contributors to the company’s more than 30 newspaper and broadcast websites, which reach more than 1 million readers each month. She will work with individuals, businesses, schools and organizations to increase the visibility of their news and information through various digital publishing opportunities.

Community content contributors will be able to submit everything from Boy Scout news to recipes.

“It’s a huge opportunity for people to let their voices be heard,” Briggs said. “It’s a fun, new way to deliver and share information.”

Briggs said she’d reached a point in her career where she felt restless and wanted a change.

“I love to learn new things, and this is one of the waves of the future for communications,” she said.

Briggs, who currently hosts “The Morning Buzz” with Erick Johnson from 7 to 9 a.m., has worked for Forum Communications for 22 years, at both WDAY radio and television.

She said she will miss the people she works with and talking to the show’s guests and regular callers.

Kevin Weaver, WDAY 970 general manager, does not yet know what will happen with “The Morning Buzz” show.

“I’m exploring several options, and I just haven’t decided yet,” he said.

Briggs has a master’s degree in communication from North Dakota State University. She plans to continue as a “Parenting Perspectives” columnist for The Forum.

Meanwhile, Devlyn Brooks also has been hired into the Interactive Media Group at Forum Communications and will work alongside Briggs.

Brooks, formerly news editor for The Forum, will be the digital content operations manager.

In that job, he will help deploy the company’s online content strategy, which aims to engage the public with the company’s websites.

Before coming to The Forum, Brooks worked as an editor and reporter for 16 years at newspapers around Minnesota, including Northfield, Faribault, International Falls and Bemidji, among others.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526